How to Create VR Experience With No Coding

25 Jul , 2018 Academy VeeR VR

How to Create VR Experience With No Coding

Want to create VR contents without coding? It’s definitely possible now! Most of the high-quality 360 virtual tours on VeeR were created without coding at all. This tutorial provides with you a high-level summary of how you can create light interactive VR experiences via easy-to-use tools that don’t require programming. We can separate the process into two steps.

  1. Obtain 360-degree contents (photos/videos) as groundwork.
  2. Integrate all your 360 materials into a complete virtual experience via VeeR experience.

 

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360-degree contents

Broadly speaking, there are 2 types of 360-degree contents.

One is photos or footages shot by 360 cameras.

Consumer level 360 cameras usually consist of 2 fisheye lenses. The images/footages caught by the lenses can be stitched together later or in real time. In recent years consumer level 360 cameras got better and better performance while the costs keep lowering down. That is, now you can shoot 360 contents with great quality (4K footage/megapixel images) at as low as below $100, check out the top 10 360 cameras under $100.

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And they are not without fancy and user-friendly features. For example, Insta360 One can automatically remove its selfie stick in your images and footages. Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere, MadV Mini, and ION 360 are all great cameras at several hundred dollars with very satisfying quality, usability, and reliability. More professional cameras are usually at several hundred dollars or $10k+. They are usually composed of more camera units at high quality, capable of producing film-level contents for commercial use. Regular cameras can also be used to produce 360 photos/videos, here is how.

The other type of 360 contents is software-generated VR contents: 360-degree content rendered from modeling software.

If you are interested in software-generated contents, check out VeeR’s blog on How to Capture 360-degree Photos/Videos from Modelling Tool and Game Engine.

We strongly recommend you to check out Blender. It is completely open-source, which means that you can download 3D assets from their online stores, paid or for free. Therefore, instead of modeling your own objects from sketch, you can play around with available scenes, objects, and characters, change their scales and positions, fine tune their details, and render the scene out directly as the blog above detailed. There are also some great resources online that teach absolute beginners how to do 3D modeling. For example, you can check out Blender Guru on Youtube: it teaches you how you can build lifelike models from primitive meshes in Blender.

As you build up your favorite scene in Blender and aim to give your viewers the best possible feel that they are actually ‘in’ the scene, you might want to make your final product stereo/in 3D – which mimics how the real world is perceived by us with 2 eyes. Fortunately, to get a stereo 3D render from Blender is not hard either.

Although both types of raw 360 content creation may require some level of technical skills, zero programming experience is necessary for either type of 360 content creation.

VeeR Experience-Create VR interactive experience without coding

VeeR experience is a tool that allows you to create interactive experiences with your 360-degree materials. You are able to use VR/360 videos and photos right from your browser and customize your work with hotspots. If you are new to VeeR Experience before, here are several highlighted features VeeR Experience has:

  1. You can add hotspots (various arrows and button icons you can choose from) to your VR scene to let users click through into other scenes.
  2. You can add music/audio by adding hotspots (soundtrack icons) to your scene. There are several features you can choose to unable/disable based on your need, including spatializing the audio, autoplay, and loop.
  3. You can set the initial orientation when the viewer enters each scene.
  4. There will be a scene list that shows at the bottom left corner of your virtual tour that supports quick overview and navigation.
  5. There are more for you to discover and experience! Don’t forget to tell us your feedback!

This Youtube video walks you through how to use these basic features in details.

Here are some good examples of works done with VeeR experience:

World Academy 360º Photo Tour

VeeR Team meetup in the streets of Tokyo

 

Now it’s time for your creativity to do its job: there’s much you can do with VeeR Experience editor tool, such as an educational virtual field trip course for kids, an interactive illustration that lightens up your presentation, a map-based game tutorial, an interactive gift for your loved ones, a piece of killer ad for your real estate/retail/tourism/interior-design project, or an interactive vlog your fans would want to put a VR headset on to experience!

To start your VeeR Experience, click here. Once finishing editing and uploading, your VR virtual experiences can be shared and viewed anywhere anytime on Web, iOS, Android, all major VR and VR-supported social media platforms. With just one line of code, your virtual tour can also be embedded on the website as well. Adding on to that, VeeR supports an algorithm that pushes your work to the most interested audiences for maximum exposure, and potentially helps you monetize in the most efficient way.


1 Response

  1. Tony says:

    This is a really nice guide. I will definitely try using 360 camera for experiencing VR.

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